Injury News: Jamie Murphy return further boosts Steven Gerrard’s wing options

Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has stepped up his recovery from injury by returning early to the club’s training ground for pre-season, as reported by The Daily Record.

What’s the story?

Murphy missed almost the entire 2018/19 season after suffering a horror knee injury on the artificial surface at Rugby Park last year, sparking a debate about the use of non-grass surfaces in the Scottish top-flight.

The paper say he could now feature in upcoming pre-season friendlies in July after putting in the hard work to rehab and build his fitness ahead of the new season.

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Steven Gerrard and his squad officially return to training on Monday, but Murphy has been putting in the extra shifts with teammate Matt Polster.

Yet another option

Gerrard isn’t exactly lacking for options on the wing right now after signing Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, but with Ryan Kent still not signed up there’s every chance that Murphy could become an important figure at Ibrox next season.

On his initial loan spell at the club in 2017/18 he scored five goals and assisted an impressive ten times in 19 appearances.

That short-term deal was later turned into a permanent transfer when Gerrard arrived and he initially looked like becoming an integral part of the side before injury struck, making eight early season appearances under the Liverpool icon.

His return will be a major boost to the Ibrox boss, providing the Gers team with yet another attacking threat.